Posted by Arab American Institute on December 12, 2016 in Blog
Federal civil rights laws were put in place to protect our constitutional rights. Yet despite mechanisms to submit complaints of discrimination, instances of discrimination and hate often go unreported. In order to protect our civil rights and ensure equal protection, it is imperative that we report instances of discrimination to the proper government entities who can, where appropriate, pursue prosecutions. Below are resources and information on where to report various instances of discrimination and hate.
Employment Discrimination The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...Read more
Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blog
AAI joined a coalition of 150 civil rights organizations in a letter sent this morning to Attorney General Eric Holder imploring him to direct the FBI to open a federal hate crime investigation into the tragic slaying of three Arab American Muslims, Deah Shaddy Barakat (23 years old), Yusor Mohammad Abu Salha (21 years old), and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha (19 years old), who were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on February 10th.
With hate crimes targeting Arab Americans and American Muslims on the rise, we expect our country’s highest elected officials and the Department of Justice to...Read more
Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Blog
Last week, together with the Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations and several other community organizations, AAI convened an emergency summit that brought together 60 leaders from 13 states.
The summit was a direct response to the ongoing humanitarian and political crises across the Middle East. As these crises continue to deepen, AAI acted swiftly to open an direct line of engagement with the policymakers to challenge the prevailing policy and narratives about the Middle East that reflect willful ignorance and an unwillingness to act--even when it is counter to our own national security interest. AAI's reasons for quickly convening this...Read more
Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog
In all likelihood, comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t stand a chance of passing through House this summer. Despite the growing, bi-partisan consensus that Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking primary upset had little to do with his support of limited immigration reform, Republicans and Democrats alike are shying away from addressing even the smallest reforms that can help alleviate suffering felt by many immigrant groups.
On Wednesday, AAI hosted a Congressional briefing with panelists from a broad spectrum of ethnic groups which are directly impacted by the US’s failing immigration system. Experts included: AAI President Jim Zogby,...Read more
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Posted by on August 06, 2012 in Blog
The Syrian uprising has gone through many phases since the first mass protests in March 2011. It has evolved – though some might say devolved – from a popular movement similar to those in Egypt and Tunisia, into a full-scale armed insurrection more reminiscent of the situation in Libya. In the past few weeks alone, Syrian security forces have laid siege to the city of Aleppo, mortar shells have fallen on the Al-Yarmouk refugee camp, a bomb exploded inside a TV station in Damascus, and several high level Syrian officials, including Prime Minister Riad Hijab, have defected to the opposition....Read more